Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: 2 years
£620 per 20 credits* (2019/20)
£14,250 for the full programme (2019/20)
Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
- Take your next career step if you are already working with children and young people or have completed undergraduate studies in a related subject
- Explore childhood and its contested nature, considering multi- and interdisciplinary perspectives and the competing narratives that surround it
- Gain vital analytical, problem-solving and communication skills which will improve your professionalism, employability and prospects for rapid career progression
- Build your research skills and conduct independent studies into a childhood theme of your choice
- Learn from an experienced and enthusiastic teaching team who conduct influential research into childhood and youth
- Prepare for senior roles in wide-ranging settings related to children’s services
If you have already completed an undergraduate course in an education and childhood related subject, or are currently working in the field, this course is a natural next step. It leads to a highly regarded masters qualification which is invaluable for any professional intending to work with children and young people aged 0-19.
Our MA Childhood applies a range of disciplines and narratives from psychology, anthropology, law, sociology, history, health and education to investigate childhood from historical and contemporary perspectives.
By focusing on the contested nature of childhood, you will explore how our childhood is shaped by factors such as social, cultural, political and economic conditions.
You will critically consider children’s agency and their positions in relation to power, policy, practice and provision. Scrutinising research from across the world, you will also deepen your appreciation of the differences in experiences of childhood globally.
- Positioning Childhood
- Children and Young People’s Participation and Agency
- Children and Young People’s Relationships and Emotional Health
- Childhood and the Global South
- Crafting Your Masters Study
- Independent Studies
Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.
Our learning and teaching strategies are appropriate for masters level study. You will learn through lectures, seminars, and group and individual tutorials as appropriate. By engaging with contemporary research and historical data, you will investigate children’s experiences of childhood across the world, both in the present day and in the past.
You will also consider the nature of research and how it is produced, covering different methodologies and perspectives. This will develop your confidence as a practitioner and enable you to hone a range of academic, writing, communication and interpersonal skills. We pay particular attention to the use of academic literature, such as research publications, to support your academic development, writing and reading at masters level.
How you're assessed
Assessment methods will be varied and could include such activities as written academic essays, oral and visual presentations, report writing and the production of a research report in the form of a thesis on a chosen aspect of childhood.
- You will usually need an undergraduate degree in a related discipline
- If your first language is not English you will need to prove you are proficient in English – IELTS 6.5
2019/20 Fees (August 2019 - July 2020)
£620 per 20 credits*
£620 per 20 credits*
£14,250 for the full programme
*Note – at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the awards below.
|Postgraduate Certificate||60 Credits|
|Postgraduate Diploma||120 Credits|
|MA or MSc||180 Credits|
This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.
Please note that all fees may be subject to annual increase.
Additional costs and optional extras
Our MA Childhood will prepare you for successful careers in a broad range of settings related to children’s services and the health, education, training, social care, guidance, protection and wellbeing needs of children and young people aged up to 19.
It could pave the way to opportunities across the private, voluntary, independent and maintained sectors in roles such as:
- Early years practitioner
- Learning mentor
- Play worker
- Child and adolescent support worker
- Family support worker
You may consider progressing into youth and community development, mental health and wellbeing, child and family social care, and community arts development. After undertaking further professional training, you could also choose to embark on a career in teaching, children’s nursing, health visiting or school nursing.
If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.Contact us
† Additional information about your studies
Download programme specification
Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.
Additional costs and optional extras
We’re committed to providing you with an outstanding learning experience. Our expert teaching, state-of-the-art facilities and great employability prepare you for your future career. As part of our commitment to you we aim to keep any additional study costs to a minimum. However, there are occasions where students may incur some additional costs.
Mandatory costs not included in your fees
- Printing and binding of Independent Study dissertation (2 copies) for assessment
Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.